Max Borman (Richard Harmon) contemplates one of the severed heads before using it as a target .
Axel (Jonathan Scarfe) stops to lend assistance to Max Borman (Richard Harmon), who was being attacked by a vampire hitchhiker he had (unknowingly?) picked up. Max, who looks like Elvis gone insane, offers Axel a job running booze and weapons, and it turns out that Max is the fellow in charge of Loveland, the place where Phil’s wife is incarcerated. Axel finds this out accidentally when he makes a delivery for Max and sees Phil (Vincent Gale) and Jolene (Caroline Cave) being held captive. He pays them little attention and leaves quietly, but one suspects he’ll be back for them. (Axel’s weapons were confiscated at the prison gate so to conduct a rescue mission he will need to go out, reclaim his weapons, and surreptitiously come back in.
Bearded and brooding, Axel plots revenge against Vanessa
Max occasionally snorts solicite (the vampire repellent that doesn’t work on Daywalkers), saying it “snaps your brain into a very nice sweet spot”. He also threatens to ship Jolene “back east”, and the impression one gets is that being sent there is not a good thing. (Almost everything on VAN HELSING has taken place in either the Denver area or the Pacific northwest, and because the volcanic eruption that caused all this made radio communication difficult, we have little information about what things are like elsewhere in the world.)
Vanessa meets Jack (Nicole Muñoz) and Monica (Tammy Gillis), leaders of a band of survivors. Jack (and a functioning karaoke machine) persuade Vanessa to stay the night. The inference is strong that Jack and Vanessa had sex that night, and there is certainly a strong attraction between the two. (The last time Vanessa had sex was in Episode 1.10.) Jack tries to persuade Vanessa to stay longer, but cannot. It’s not certain just where Vanessa is headed with such urgency, but she found a drawing of a cross in the Van Helsing History of Vampires book that acts like a compass, always pointing in the same direction no matter which way the book is turned. When Vanessa leaves, she gives Jack her sword, saying she just doesn’t need it anymore. (She tells Jack she has had a spiritual awakening. From now on, instead of killing vampires, she will cure them.)
Ryn tells Cami that her mother is dead, but does not tell her how Donna died.
Ryn‘s niece (Donna’s daughter) is attacked by a wolf. Ryn chases the wolf away, but Cami (Millan Tesfazgi) is in a weakened state from being on land for so long, and needs to go back in the water to heal. We find out that oil companies will be mapping the sea floor for another eight months, and that areas farther out to sea, and farther down the coast are occupied by other mermaid tribes.
Cami’s wounds need to heal, and all the refugees must re-enter the water periodically because their bipedal form is not yet stable. Ben chooses a shallow inlet for them, where the sound pollution will be minimized. They go there late at night, but a celebration of sorts is going on in town, and they are interrupted by a bunch of humans who also want to go in the water. One of the humans is bitten. Ben tells everyone that a sea lion is probably responsible.
Marissa Staub wearing the Sheriff’s badge. She is still listed in the credits as a deputy.
Xander (Ian Verdun) is one of those at the beach and he is not buying the sea lion story. Ben has to tell him that Levi (Sedale Threatt Jr.), the guy who killed his father, is in town. Ben tries to explain the situation, but Xander is pissed off and it seems likely he will tell his new girlfriend Nicole (Natalee Linez), and she will, in turn, tell the Navy. Somebody needs to get Xander on board with this. Maybe a mermaid needs to stop by and sing him a song.
On the way back from their evening swim, while Ryn and Maddie are distracted, the gang clumsily explores a gas station convenience store. Ben pays for the damage, but the clerk (Stew McLean) calls the cops anyway. The clerk tells Sheriff (?) Staub (Tammy Gillis) that the group drove away in a Pownall Seafood van. This gives Staub an idea where the culprits might be. Continue reading →